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OFFICE OF GLOBAL AFFAIRS (OGA)

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The Office of Global Affairs (OGA) helps prepare Rockford University students, faculty and community constituents for active participation in a rapidly changing global society by internationalizing our campus and curriculum, facilitating experiential learning opportunities, and developing our international partnerships to achieve Rockford University’s strategic objectives.

Upcoming Events

International Food Festival, April 21, 2018

 

Rockford University’s Multicultural Club will be hosting their annual International Food Festival,  April 21, 2018 from 5-8 in Regents Hall.  Doors open at 4:30 with dinner service beginning at 5:00 pm.  We have dishes from over 33 countries, many different types of desserts and for beverages, Arabic coffee, Ponche and a Caribbean punch.  

 

Services provided by OGA:

  • >> Assist both U.S. and international students in realizing their dreams of studying abroad
  • >> Provide services related to U.S. immigration regulations
  • >> Offer international student orientation
  • >> Provide international student academic advising and support
  • >> Assist with tax preparation for international students
  • >> Provide translation and interpretation referrals

 

Check Out Our Global Spotlight Students of the Month!

 

Global Connections Newsletter

Global Connections Volume 1, Issue 1

Newsletter Spring Semester (1)

Global Faculty Fellow

Program Chair and Associate Professor of Physics, Deepshikha Shukla, Ph. D. is the current Global Faculty Fellow at Rockford University. With her experience in the education systems of India and the US, she is passionate about creating a culture where domestic and international students, faculty and staff symbiotically co-habitate. Assimilation of international students at RU and promoting international experience for the entire campus lies at the core of her initiatives. Internationalization is her ‘mantra’.”

 

Global Ambassador Program

The Global Ambassador Program pairs new international students with a Rockford University student who has been on campus for at least one year. Global Ambassadors assist new international students from the time that a student arrives to Rockford University until the end of her or his first year. The goal of this program is for Global Ambassadors to help international students acclimate to the Rockford University campus and U.S. academic system through post-orientation and first year follow up as a peer mentor for the new student.


Community Friends Program 

The Community Friends Program matches families in the Rockford community with international students. These families help international students by giving them the opportunity have authentic cultural experiences in the area and in their homes. Many students who have participated in this program in past years have shared holidays at their ambassador families’ homes and have attended local area attractions with their family.

Core Values of the Office of Global Affairs

  • “Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness.” – Mark Twain
  • “The world is a book and those who do not travel read only one page.” – St. Augustine
  • Enable everyone to have the opportunity to experience traveling abroad.

 

Meet Our Staff

Sam Bandy
Director of Global Affairs

 

Maria Diemer
Assistant Director of Global Affairs and Coordinator of ESL

Julie Griffith
Coordinator of Global Affairs

Shammeran Benjamin
Graduate Assistant

Diana Vlase
Graduate Assistant

 

 

 

 

Rockford University is filled with a heartfelt community that has encouraged and built me education wise,socially and emotionally strong which has made me feel home away from home being that I am an international student.

Maria Naggayi

Accounting Major, Uganda

Studying abroad was always an initiative I wanted to take in my life. Considering the knowledge, experience and exposure that you gain by studying away from home, always fascinated me to take this step in my life. Studying in the US has proved that my decision was right.

Mishaal Shah

Computer Science, Saudi Arbia

Studying abroad in Spain has enriched my view of our world by being exposed to various cultures. Each day is an opportunity of personal growth in which one can make unforgettable memories and long lasting friendships.

Jecenia Saldana

Psychology, Studied in Spain

DEPARTMENT INFORMATION

Office of Global Affairs (OGA)
Burpee 2nd Floor
5050 E. State Street
Rockford, IL 61108
001-815-226-4138
Fax: 001-815-226-4141

Skype ID: sam_rockford
Sam Bandy, Director
sbandy@rockford.edu

Hours:
Mon-Fri - 8:30 am to 5:00 pm

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INTERNATIONAL FOOD FAIR

The annual International Food Fair will be held on April 21, 2018, from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. in the Burpee Center. Sponsored by Rockford University’s Multicultural Club and the Office of Global Affairs, the International Food Festival will feature delicious authentic recipes from countries like Germany, Philippines, Spain, Kyrgyzstan, Japan, China, Sweden, Turkey, Syria, Laos, S. Korea, Italy, Saudi Arabia, Liberia, Mexico and Nigeria.

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